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What The World Needs Now: Stan Getz Plays The Burt Bacharach Songbook

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000DBYT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Stan Getz is one of the finest sax players of the last century. Bacharach is one of the finest songwriters. What is there not to like about this great CD. Cool, Sexy, melodic jazz music with lush arrangements including some bossa-nova rhythms. The sound is clean and spacious. A must for any Getz fan! Great make out music too.
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Some people find this album dull for different reasons. For them Stan is not playing bop enough, he is not inspired enough, or the arrangements are unoriginal, or the sounds bad chosen. I disagree toatally with them. I fell in love with this album the very first time I listened to it (and I own a lot of stellar Stan getz recordings). I find Getz in very good shape here, he played Burt's charts with the heart as they should be played, and with his trademark fabolous sound. He was a master musician in every sense and he displayed here the whys. He truly understood the nature of Bacharach poetry and rendered it really well for me, with tenderness and melancholy. This is not a blowing album and should not be. Stan understtod it quite well. It is an album about tenderness, lonliness and melancholy. I particularly love "Wifes and lovers" a tune that always send me out of my head, but "Windows of the world", "Any old time of the day", "What the world needs now", "Walk on by" are equally superlative versions of those songs. I think the arrangements (with strings, orchestra and voices) are balanced, they respect the nature of Bacharach's music very well and still leave Stan enough space to express his ideas. For real, thisalbum is splendid, I have bought it after these bad reviews and I'mhappy I did it because I'm listening to it again and again. I can't have enough of it. Uh, it's even very well recorded. I'm in front of my hiend stereo system (very precious Avalon-Audio Research system) and I can assure you this one is very well recorded. Absolutly, nice stage, Stan is clearly in the middle, surrounded by the orchestra .. there's only a single disappointing moment in the 6th tune ... at some point you have all the instruments on the left channel ... quite strange )... Anyway, if you love Getz and Bacharach (or simply one of the two) this is a musthave. I'd judged it flawless.
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Originally recorded as a novelty piece aimed at a specific "hip" group in the seventies, it turned out to be a classic. The Bacharach tunes are a perfect vehicle for Stan's smooth delivery. The musician's backing him up are among the best in the business. A must have for true connoissers.
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Getz and Bacharach. Sounds like a match made in heaven. Who wouldn't like to hear some smooth bossa and bebop arrangements of classic Bacharach tunes? Not so fast, my friend. Like many jazz artists in the 1960's, Getz made a bad choice in recording pop tunes. While this isn't as bad as many pop LP's by jazz artists of the era (that distiction would probably go to Chet Baker's "Blood, Chet, and Tears"), it suffers from poor production and arrangements.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a Getz fan. His tone, style, and interpretations on this disc are the only redeeming things about it. I'm also a closet Bacharach fan, but I can't hold him at fault for these arrangements. I think a combo would have worked better than the string and vocal parts that are here.
There are a few highlights. "Walk on By" and "What the World Needs Now is Love" are my picks. Unfortunately, they are paired with such clunkers as an out-of-tune duet (with Getz himself on overdub?) on "Trains and Boats and Planes".
The reissue by Verve leaves much to be desired. While they promote this disc features Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, you barely get to hear them at all. The four bonus tracks are simply two alternate takes without production thrown at them and then two takes of Max Steiner's (not Bacharach!!!) theme from Gone with the Wind. The first is rather Sergio Mendes-esque, but the second is more Getz-like. But why would Verve add tracks by another composer on a Bacharach disc?
If you need some musical wallpaper at your next cocktail party, this disc will suit your needs. If you're looking for some good jazz arrangements of Bacharach, I recommend Blue Note's compilation "Blue Bacharach." For better Getz CD's, you should check out one of his releases in Verve's Jazz Masters series or "Getz/Gilberto."
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Stan Getz was known as THE SOUND in certain circles. The unmistakable flow of notes from his sax, he rates as one of the most prolific and talented musicians of all time, along with Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker, when it comes to playing the sax. It's no wonder this album came to be, considering that Burt Bachrach is one of the world's most talented songwriters. It was only logical these two musical geniuses be partnered in what is a wonderful album. Listeners should be familiar with all these songs, if not alone then by default of knowing the Dionne Warwick versions, two of which are the main standouts here: Stan's treatment of WINDOWS OF THE WORLD is at once stunning and heartfelt; there is a particular passage half way through the song where he flies up and down a scale of notes that really hits the mark. ALFIE, from the popular 60's flick of the same name, is moving and cool; while it's a song with a great lyric, here Stan and his sax "sing" it just as lovely as any vocalist has (and this one's been covered by everyone) The strings of Richard Evans (and in two cases here, the very talented Claus Ogerman) are right on the mark during every song. They are just as much responsible for this collection's merits as Stan himself. Listen to the sultry intro of Stan alone on THE LOOK OF LOVE and then how he effortlessly glides through the sheer strings behind him too make this one his own. Other well covered gems stamped with a fresh cool sound as only Getz could provide are the hokey TRAINS BOATS AND PLANES and the phenomenal heartbreak call of the classic A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME, treated here in an upbeat tempo.Read more ›
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